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Alan Thompson

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Alan Thompson, Gallery Volunteer

What Alan Thompson loves about VisArts? The opportunity to develop undiscovered life experiences.

Although relatively new to VisArts and the visuals arts, Alan is an exemplary advocate for both. We are very grateful for the time he commits each week to our Gallery program.

Alan retired about a year ago after a successful career as a software engineer for major corporations such as IBM and Lockheed Martin. He loved the problem solving aspect of his work and compares “the beauty and aesthetic quality of a good technical solution to a work of art”. He feels that there is an elegance of design and problem-solving in both art and engineering.

Alan is an active volunteer at his church in various food ministries and as a handbell ringer. We are fortunate that his neighbor (a gallery intern at VisArts) suggested that he look into volunteering here. He’d never had contact with artists and looked at this as great opportunity to “fill the void of having no experience in the visual arts”. Alan has learned that, unlike an engineer, an artist doesn’t necessarily want to tell you what a work of art means, but wants the viewer to see what they get out of it. Alan’s insights and interest in the visual arts make him an exceptional VisArts ambassador.

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